Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced that the Independence Public School District in Independence, Missouri is the winner of the 1997 Eudora Email Challenge. A Eudora Pro™ site license and year-long technical support, valued at $20,000, are being awarded to the school district, covering over 1,200 computers at 17 schools serving 11,400 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The winning entry was submitted by Martha Waits, the district's elementary technology applications teacher, who also spearheaded a drive that inspired over a dozen Independence teachers to also submit entries.
"Independence Public Schools were selected to receive the 1997 Eudora Email Challenge award because their winning entry showed a realistic, but creative, approach to using Internet email to enhance curriculum-based activities throughout the district," stated Jeff Jacobs, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's Eudora division.
Waits' entry focused on her "Surfing the Net" class, which includes collecting and emailing addresses of useful websites to other teachers, who then bookmark the sites and use them as teaching resources in a wide range of curriculum areas. "As the Internet has become available to every classroom in our district, it has become a challenge to me to direct teachers to websites that enhance the curriculum," Waits commented.
Waits' positive experience using Eudora Light™ freeware prompted her to research Eudora Pro software's advanced features, leading her to focus her entry on the software's unique ability to "hotlink" to websites. "Having Eudora Pro software available district-wide will allow me to organize the sites by grade level or subject matter, include them in the text of an email message and email them to the appropriate nickname groups in my address book. Teachers can then go directly to each site by simply clicking on its address in their email. They can bookmark it if they decide to use it in their lesson plans."
The Eudora Email Challenge was designed to recognize K-12 educators' efforts to use the power of Internet email to enhance the curriculum and improve communications between students, teachers, administrators, parents and community. A call for entries went out in January, challenging educators to submit 100-word essays on how they would use Internet email to enhance the curriculum on a district-wide basis. Global SchoolNet, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping schools around the world use the Internet and World Wide Web to enhance K-12 education, assisted with judging the entries, which were evaluated on the basis of feasibility, creativity and impact on curriculum.
With over 18 million users, the Eudora family of software products is the world's most widely-used Internet email solution, providing comprehensive client/server solutions for Internet/intranet messaging. Available for the Windows®, Macintosh® and Newton® platforms, Eudora Light™ software and Eudora Pro are best-of-class Internet email client software products. Eudora Pro 3.x has powerful features that deliver exceptional levels of productivity, ease-of-use and flexibility for users who process high volumes of Internet email, while Eudora Light 3.0.1 software sets new standards for Internet email freeware with a wide range of enhanced capabilities. Eudora WorldMail Server is powerful server software that provides fast, reliable messaging services for the Windows NT™ platform.
OEM and bundling agreements include industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, NETCOM and 3Com. Eudora Pro software has been licensed to a wide range of corporations including MCI, Cisco, GTE, Lockheed Martin and Schlumberger. Many of the world's leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, The University of California, Brown and Cornell, also use Eudora Internet email software.
For more information regarding the Eudora family of products, visit the division's World Wide Web site at http://www.eudora.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora family of electronic messaging software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development and commercial implementation of the Company's CDMA technology, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, timing and receipt of license fees and royalties, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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